With so much focus on monitors with high pixel density, HDR and extended color, users sometimes forget the pleasure of gaming on a display that tracks their every move with precision. The most responsive screens are still TN panels with FHD resolution and super-fast refresh rates. 144 Hz is good, but 240Hz is better. And a low response time makes a clearly visible difference. The Aorus KD25F proved that in both testing and gameplay.
We’ve tested other 240 Hz monitors that use the same core panel as the KD25F, but Gigabyte managed to halve the response time to a claimed 0.5ms, and we can see its effect. Coupled with one of the best overdrives we’ve seen, motion is simply perfect at all framerates. There is no blur or stutter. Once you start playing games, its responsiveness and super-low input lag will intoxicate you.
Out-of-box testing showed a monitor that doesn’t really need calibration, but there is a little room for improvement. Our adjustments delivered an excellent image with nicely saturated color, perfect gamma tracking and a neutral white balance. Contrast is about the same as most TN and IPS screens at just under 1,000:1.
We’ve never had a monitor that made us better players, until now. Its price is firmly in the premium range, and you won’t love its resolution when it comes time to edit photos or work with tiny text in a spreadsheet. But the Aorus KD25F is a high-performance gaming monitor, and judged by that criteria, it’s one of the best we’ve ever reviewed.
Image Credits: Gigabyte, Tom's Hardware
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